Mozilla Delays Firefox 7 Update Due to Add-on Bug

Mozilla stressed that the add-ons and their data are still intact and they are still part of Firefox. The company is working on a fix for the issue and offers users, who are already using Firefox 7, a simple workaround with the help of a separate "Add-on Recovery Tool".

Mozilla did not say when the update for Firefox 7 would become available. According to StatCounter, Firefox 7 holds a browser market share of 4.02 percent today, which means that about 15 percent of Firefox users are affected by the bug.

It is unfortunate for Mozilla that it is being hit with this problem, especially since it is struggling with stabilizing its market share against its rivals and add-on problems such as compatibility with future versions is an emotionally debated issue among loyal Firefox users. There is no way to know how Firefox market share will be impacted by this hiccup, but I don't think it will help Mozilla in its current situation. It really is a minor issue, but Mozilla needs to regain trust and demonstrate that its rapid release process works well. Quality problems is not what Mozilla needs right now.

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  • omnimodis78
    I'm using 7 and it didn't hide or have any impact on my 2 add-ons (adlock plus and telemetry), but still, isn't this exactly why Beta versions are releases, to catch this sort of screw-ups? No big deal, it's just more embarrassing than anything else.
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  • RabidFace
    While really the only add-on I ever use is AdBlock+, I just took a look at my extensions and apparently Java Console 6.0.26 is not compatible with FF7. Doesn't seem like it has affected my browsing at all, but still.

    It seems like all FF is doing is alienating it's user base by trying to keep up with Chrome. I have been a FF user since 2004 and have never seen so many problems until now with it's newly updated number scheme.

    Maybe it's that FF is having issues trying to be the best with Chrome out now. I am not fully sure, but I am not liking it. There may be a day where I don't use FF anymore if Mozilla doesn't get it's act together.

    And from the HTML5 games I have messed around with, Chrome is a bit faster in that aspect.